There are some books that never leave you even years after you’ve read them – the “keepers”. My husband’s one keeper is Ayn Rand’s ATLAS SHRUGGED. His yellowed and faded copy sits in his office. I have yet to read it, but plan on doing so soon since it intrigues me.
But I do have my “keeper shelf” whether it is in my office at home or in my brain, it still means to me those books that have influenced who I am today in some way, both as a writer and as a person. So today’s Thursday Thirteen is a list of those “keepers.”
1. WOLF AND THE DOVE by Kathleen Woodiwiss. Loved this book! Strong heroine and wonderful hero.
2. WE by Eugene Zamiatin. Wonderful dystopian novel.
3. Anything in the IN DEATH series by J.D. Robb. I’m amazed how story after story Nora Roberts manages to lure us in and provide a superb tale.
4. SKYE O’MALLEY by Bertrice Small. Amazing heroine who defies the odds over and over.
5. GONE WITH THE WIND by Margaret Mitchell. Frankly, Scarlet, I do give a damn.
6. TO KILL A MOCKINGBORD by Harper Lee. How do you follow such a masterpiece?
7. THE SUN DANCERS by Barbara Faith. The first time I ever saw anything Latino portrayed in a mass market novel. Wonderful story about a female matador.
8. WUTHERING HEIGHTS by Emily Bronte. Catherine. Heathcliff. Catherine. Heathcliff. Those damn wet moors, but I loved every second of it.
9. LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE by Laura Esquivel. Mystical tale of love unrequited. Lovely.
10. THE THORN BIRDS by Colleen McCullough. Another tale of unrequited love. Hmm. A pattern perhaps?
11. A WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE by Barbara Taylor Bradford. An inspiring tale.
12. SHANNA by Kathleen Woodiwiss. My first real introduction to romance novels and I’ve been hooked every since.
13. PALOMINO by Danielle Steele. The heroine, Samantha, was a model of courage and determination.
Hope you enjoyed today’s Thursday Thirteen. I welcome you to add any of the names of your keeper books in the comments section.
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